innocent eye that can return me to a more innocent self. So I think that I tend to be more of an optimist than many people. This is what Camus meant when he said that what gives value to travel is feardisruption, in other words, (or emancipation) from circumstance, and all the habits behind which we hide. There is a really reverberating loneliness, a feeling that half their lives are just across the sea; they can hear them on the radio, they can almost see it, but there is no way of communicating with them. Share this on Facebook? Also, everywhere they turn they see kimchi restaurants and mee krob and sushi, and they wonder, "What is this America that we've landed in? One of the startling things for somebody arriving at Los Angeles Airport today from Tibet, say, is that suddenly half the faces they see are Chinese exactly the people they have been trying to flee from. Though he had written his way through graduate school and the pages. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.
We are the comic props in Japanese home-movies, the oddities in Maliese anecdotes and the fall-guys in Chinese jokes; we are the moving postcards or bizarre objets trouves that villagers in Peru will later tell their friends about. So in a day-to-day way, traveling opens you up to many more possibilities than you would have elsewhere. In fact, the telephone operator who used to call me up day and night in Cuba singing Spanish love songs that I couldn't understand has now ended up in Guantanamo Bay. I remember thinking that your essay on Cuba in Falling Off the Map really expressed a strong personal connection with the island. Iyer says: Travel writing is all about looking at the world through new eyes, looking through other peoples eyes and seeing the world as it comes to you whether you are sitting in New Delhi or traveling to Mongolia. If you are living at a distance in society, this is one of the most congenial societies to live.